Canning season has certainly started here on the farm, I tend to can all year long but the push is always late spring to late fall, I typically pick up supplies in the fall when they go on sale and so tend to ahead of the game by about half a year normally on most things a min.
One of the things I tend to stock up on is Pectin, but with a full winter of processing behind me, my stock is getting lower, and so while I was getting some good deals in town today I thought I might pick up another dozen box’s and almost fell over in shock!! The price locally has more then just slightly doubled in price per box.. I went to all three stores in town, picking up their loss leaders and they were all the same.. ouch! and double OUCH, I stood in the row at the cheapest store and glared at that price and then looked at my hubby and said.. GREAT, one more thing to add to my to do list this year.. While I will certainly look for this to go on sale (hopefully to the price I paid last year), I will be making alot more of my own homemade pectin.
Now I have a couple different sourse locally available to me from the farm itself.
Sources available off the farm but locally wild harvested, are apples and crabapples, and non-local sourses would be lemon and limes from the store.
While I normally make small amount of apple pectin for later use(while I am making my apple sauce) it would appear this year, I will be needing to plan for making a whole lot more and canning it for later use. I will have to some research and see if there is anything else that can be added to those lists.
Do you make homemade pectin? Have you seen a price increase on this product in your area? Are you aware of anything else that has a very high pectin count for use in jam’s or jellies?